The Yankees have dedicated themselves to picking nearly all pitchers so far in this year’s MLB Draft. They went back to that same well in the sixth round when they selected left-handed pitcher Dalton Lehnen out of Augustana University in South Dakota.
Lehnen worked as a starter at Augustana this season after previously spending two years at the University of Cincinnati. He pitched to a 2.60 ERA in 52 innings as a junior with the second-most strikeouts on his team. Lehnen walked just 20 batters all season.
It appears as though the Yankees definitely have a strategy here, for better or worse, targeting nearly all pitchers and focusing mainly on college-level players. It’s hard to get high ranking high schoolers to pass on their college commitments in the later rounds, so expect that trend to continue.
You can watch some video of Lehnen in action here:
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